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Holocaust exhibit examines Hollywood documentation of atrocities

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 02:18

A new exhibit in Los Angeles details the efforts of three Hollywood directors, who created a detailed depiction of the liberation of German concentration camps. Bob Mezan reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Some of the most horrific images of atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II were filmed by three of Hollywood's leading directors. A new exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust details the efforts by these men - John Ford, George Stevens and Samuel Fuller - whose crews created a detailed, shocking, and historically important depiction of the liberation of German concentration camps. The exhibit's curator, Christian Delage, explains. SOUNDBITE: Christian Delage, exhibit curator, saying (English): "This was the first time that this kind of footage was made with the intention to be presented as evidence if there was a kind of denial of the crimes committed by the Nazis." Up to six million Jews died during the Holocaust, many being sent to death camps. One of them, Dachau, is profiled in the exhibit's videos. The images are particularly detailed because of the trained eyes of the soldiers-turned-cameramen. SOUNDBITE: Christian Delage, exhibit curator, saying (English): "All these units, they were professional. They had a certain liberty in doing what they wanted to do. And they trained young soldiers to become cameramen and photographers...and so we are talking of really professional people, trained for that and with a special recommendation that they could find during their way atrocities." The museum gave a special advanced viewing of the exhibit to some Los Angeles-area Holocaust survivors, like Henry Oster. SOUNDBITE: Henry Oster, Auschwitz's Birkenau extermination camp survivor, saying (English): "This is something I think, if possible, that every city in the world should see to understand what it means to have been to and survived Holocaust, but more important, what one country has deemed perfectly normal in their psyche against humanity." The exhibition will be in Los Angeles through April 2018.

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Holocaust exhibit examines Hollywood documentation of atrocities

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 02:18